Omnibus

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 6

    The Western Hemisphere

    Aired 4/16/61

  • S 8 : Ep 5

    An Omnibus of American Songs

    Aired 3/26/61

  • S 8 : Ep 4

    Fierce, Funny and Far Out

    Aired 3/5/61

  • S 8 : Ep 3

    A Midwinter Night's Dream

    Aired 1/1/61

  • S 8 : Ep 2

    Night People

    Aired 12/11/60

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alistair Cooke

    Himself - Host

  • Philip Abbott

    Thomas Jefferson

  • Anne Bancroft

  • Susan Strasberg

    Penelope

  • Leo Genn

    Herod

  • show Description
  • Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts to original works by such playwrights as William Saroyan, interviews with celebrated people both inside and outside the arts, and featured performances by many of the most famous actors, singers and dancers of the day. Nov 1952-May 1953 CBS Sun 4:30-6:00 Oct 1953-Apr 1956 CBS Sun 5:00-6:30 Oct 1956-Mar 1957 ABC Sun 9:00-10:30 Oct 1957-May 1961 ABC Various airtimesmoreless

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    • Rebroadcast 01Feb59 in a longer version and not the five separate features. Filmed in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana, it dramatizes Lincoln's formative years. Author James Agee (Pulitzer Prize winner), is seen as an actor in a small role.

    • This title was censored by the networks from Three Virgins and the Devil to Maidens.

    • Based on George Bernard Shaw's play

    • The William Inge play "Glory in the Flower" was made into the 1961 film Splendor in the Grass.

    • Producer Peter Brook's wife Natasha Parry played Cordelia.

    • This was Orson Welles' television debut.

    • Based on the play "King Lear" by Shakespeare.

    • Stephen Vincent Benet's short story "The Gold Dress" first appeared in Cosmopolitan on July 1942.

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    • Agnes de Mille as a little girl in Los Angeles watched the late Isadora Duncan dance and heard her admonish the audience to go out and run barefoot through the hills. The little girl did and filled her feet with cactus thorns. It was the beginning of Agnes de Mille's love for dance.

    • Sophocles' final lament from Oedipus: "Let every man in mankind's frailty, consider his last day and let none presume on his good fortune until he finds life, at his death, a memory without pain."

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    By DojinFan_2K, Oct 16, 2010